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post #16 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-10-2019, 02:03 AM
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Very inspiring (after a google search)! Do you get those live-bearers locally or online?

I think you may have suggested that fish to me before.

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Nice looking 'scape. I really like the rock pile and may do that myself after seeing it.
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The rock above the wood will all be removed, so it won't be much of a pile in a few days. Just have to wait for the wood to be waterlogged.

Scape will ultimately be wood prominently featured with ferns flowing through it, H. pinnatifida here and there, Anubias nana 'Petite' and Bucephalandra in a few spots.

My appreciation of black lava rock grew from this tank where I pieced together a mountain out of it like a puzzle. But this new tank won't be much like that, as it will hopefully kind of disappear - along with the rest of the black - and only the plants will pop out at you.

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I really like the rock pile and may do that myself after seeing it.
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Day 10 and Nitrite is beginning to drop. Tank processes 4PPM ammonium in less than 24 hours, so I'm confident it'll be able to house a small group of H. formosa toward the end of November.

Still debating how and where to add moss. Time will tell!


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The Hygrophila pinnatifida I have is meh but I added a bit of it here and there to see how it transitions.



Things look a bit yellow but that's just the photo. Not about to do color correction at this stage.

Started moving Anubias around and will add more/change things up as I find the time:



Just needed to get them kinda anchored down for the time being.

Here's a better look at where I stuffed some of the H. pinnatifida:





It's weird for me to have a tank that looks decent-ish so early on. Even with rock work that isn't finalized and plants that aren't settled? I'm pretty much content with it. Kinda generic and dark but I like it. WHAT IS HAPPENING?! Heh.

Aaaaaand just like that, I got the urge to break up some Anubias as I wrote this update.

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In that last photo you can see one of the H. pinnatifida nubs I shoved between some rocks. It's being held in by some Anubias and will hopefully take off.

Still more Anubias nana 'Petite' to break up and a bit more to add to the tank. But I like it so far.


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The Hygrophila pinnatifida I have is meh but I added a bit of it here and there to see how it transitions.



Things look a bit yellow but that's just the photo. Not about to do color correction at this stage.

Started moving Anubias around and will add more/change things up as I find the time:



Just needed to get them kinda anchored down for the time being.

Here's a better look at where I stuffed some of the H. pinnatifida:





It's weird for me to have a tank that looks decent-ish so early on. Even with rock work that isn't finalized and plants that aren't settled? I'm pretty much content with it. Kinda generic and dark but I like it. WHAT IS HAPPENING?! Heh.

Aaaaaand just like that, I got the urge to break up some Anubias as I wrote this update.

Here:





In that last photo you can see one of the H. pinnatifida nubs I shoved between some rocks. It's being held in by some Anubias and will hopefully take off.

Still more Anubias nana 'Petite' to break up and a bit more to add to the tank. But I like it so far.
Lookin snazzy, it does already look like its been up awhile- filled in good.

I luv that H. pinnatifida.

I think next week Im going to take out that big stump in my Fluvel Flex and put it in the 180. Then, Ill redo the layout. I just cannot see shrimp in here unless come to front of tank because of the enormous stump. Gotta think about what else id like to do...
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I really like the way the stump looks in your Flex! Provides tons of surface area for shrimp. But it makes sense that you'd want to be able to see more of what's going on inside the tank.

Hoping the H. pinnatifida spreads a bit and and transitions. I'm not entirely sure it's submerged growth and look forward to seeing how it progresses.

Thing I'm most excited about is having all that open space in the front of the tank. Lots of swimming room for tiny fish and the open area will make feeding shrimp easier than it usually is in my tanks.
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